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Slipknot is back with their brand new track, "Unsainted" from their upcoming album We Are Not Your Kind available everywhere August 9.

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Slipknot - Unsainted [OFFICIAL VIDEO] - YouTube

 

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An official lyric video for "Bring Out Your Dead" from black metal veterans Venom, can be heard below. The song is taken from the group's latest effort, "Storm The Gates", which was released last December via Spinefarm Records. The album will be made available as a double picture disc package on April 19.

Venom - Bring Out Your Dead (Lyric Video) - YouTube

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An official lyric video for "Bring Out Your Dead" from black metal veterans Venom, can be heard below. The song is taken from the group's latest effort, "Storm The Gates", which was released last December via Spinefarm Records. The album will be made available as a double picture disc package on April 19.

Venom - Bring Out Your Dead (Lyric Video) - YouTube

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An official lyric video for "Bring Out Your Dead" from black metal veterans Venom, can be heard below. The song is taken from the group's latest effort, "Storm The Gates", which was released past December via Spinefarm Records. The album will be made available as a double picture disc package on April 19.

Venom - Bring Out Your Dead (Lyric Video) - YouTube

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Rotting Christ premiere an animated music video for their song “In The Name Of God“ and an also newly shared video for “Hallowed Be Thy Name“. Both tracks can be found on the group’s latest release, “The Heretics“.

Rotting Christ - In the name of God - (Official animated video) - YouTube

Rotting Christ - Hallowed Be Thy Name (Official Video) - YouTube

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Today Sabaton revealed the title and artwork for their 9th studio album that will be released this summer. They have named it THE GREAT WAR and as the title tells it covers stories from the First World War.

THE GREAT WAR will be available worldwide through Nuclear Blast Records on July 19th.

Sabaton started the recording 100 years after the First World War ended (11/11/1918) and during the following 3 months, they completed the album together with their long term partner Jonas Kjellgren at Black Lounge Studios.

This is not the first time they sing about stories from this period in time, but now they felt the timing was right to make a full concept album about this war.

The album has been mastered by Maor Appelbaum and the artwork was once again created by Peter Sallaí.

Here’s an interview of Pär discussing the new album:

Sabaton – The Great War – Pär & Indy talk about the new album - YouTube

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Rammstein has just released a jaw-dropping video for new single Deutschland – but what exactly is it all about?

Rammstein - Deutschland (Official Video) - YouTube

Poised to release their first album in a decade and about to embark on a European tour, Rammstein has returned with a new song: Deutschland. Clocking in at nine minutes and 22 seconds, the video is a mini-epic spanning Germany history. Directed by Specter Berlin, it’s a cinematic and controversial clip that’s confusing if you’re not up on your history. We asked Dr. Alexandra Lloyd, lecturer in German at the University of Oxford, to explain what the fuck is happening.

Rammstein’s Deutschland takes us on a thrilling, violent, and moving journey through German history. At over nine minutes, it gives us a panorama of events and historical and mythical figures, and there are so many references and Easter eggs that fans and commentators will be poring over it for some time to come. 

The video opens in AD 16, on the ‘barbarian’ side of the limes, the border of the Roman Empire. Roman soldiers creep through the woods in the aftermath of the Battle of the Teutoburg Forest. The Romans were ambushed by an alliance of Germanic Tribes, led by a chieftain called Arminius (the original Hermann the German). Three legionary standards were captured, a loss symbolic and moral, as well as physical, and decades were spent trying to recover them. Rome never again attempted to take the lands east of the River Rhine, known as Germania. 

‘Germania’ refers not just to a place, somewhere partly defined by where it isn’t (Rome) as well as where it is, but also to a national figurehead, traditionally representing the German people. Germania is a strong woman, usually armor-clad and battle-ready. Various symbols appear with her, among them a breastplate with an eagle, a black, red, and gold flag, and a crown. Look out for these in the video – they come up again and again – and the colors of the contemporary flag are there in every scene. 

We get our first glimpse of Germania here (played by Ruby Commey), who stands holding Till Lindemann’s severed head. Next, astronauts appear carrying a metal and glass box shaped like a coffin. In the background we see a U-boat – a German submarine, used in World Wars I and II. Then we move to a scene set at a boxing match which takes us to Weimar Germany (1918-1933), a period known for its political instability but also greater cultural liberalism. Here, Germania appears in the cabaret costume of a flapper girl, and the boxers fight with knuckle-dusters as a crowd cheers them on.  

We see former East Germany, complete with busts of Marx and Lenin, the national emblem of East Germany, and a lookalike of the long-serving, insular, and repressive GDR leader Erich Honecker. There’s another astronaut, or rather a cosmonaut: Sigmund Jähn, the first German in space, who flew with the USSR’s space program (and who’s also a character in the 2003 film, Good Bye Lenin!). Medieval monks feast grotesquely on the supine Germania, tearing sauerkraut and sausage from Ruby Commey’s body, prison inmates are beaten by guards dressed in police and military uniforms from different historical periods. 

The most obviously shocking scene references the Holocaust and the Nazi period. Four members of the band, in the striped uniforms of camp inmates, wait at the gallows, about to be hanged. They wear the cloth emblems used to identify their ‘crimes’: a pink triangle for homosexual prisoners, a yellow star for Jewish prisoners, a red and yellow star for Jewish political prisoners. 

This sequence, teased in an earlier promo video, has already caused controversy. Have Rammstein the right to do this? Do they trivialize the suffering of Holocaust victims? How can they justify using Holocaust imagery to promote their new video? These are important questions that are part of a much bigger debate about the ethics of using the Holocaust in art and media. 

Other scenes include the band walking away from a flaming airship, referring to the 1937 Hindenburg Disaster, in which 36 people died. Rats scuttle across the floor when the monks first appear, suggesting the Pied Piper of Hamelin, a legend with origins in the 13th century. 

Germania walks towards the camera in a leather jacket, gold jewelry and a string of bullets across her chest, resembling the chariot drawn by four horses (the ‘Quadriga’) on top of the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin. The band members’ heads are shown as white marble busts, taking us to the 19th century Walhalla memorial in Bavaria, built as German Hall of Fame, its sculpted heads of German worthies on display to this day. 

In the prison, hundreds of banknotes fall from above, suggesting the devastating hyperinflation Germany suffered in the 1920s. Nazis burn books, intercut with religious fanatics burning witches. We recognize members of the Red Army Faction (also known as the Baader-Meinhof group), a militant organization active in the 1970s in West Germany. And in a blink-or-you-miss-it exchange, we are reminded of the much-criticized relationship between the churches and the state during the Third Reich.  

Each scene captures in a moment the icons of an era, and the video cuts between them more and more frenetically as it goes on. Events bleed into each other, linked by the presence of the band members and the red laser beam that appears throughout the video, a ‘roter Faden’ (red thread or central theme), connecting each event. 

Germany engages with its history in a very particular way. Try to imagine the video about Britain, with Britannia played by Ruby Commey. What would the equivalent events be? Quite a few of the tableaux might be similar – Romans, Crusaders, monks, 18th-century soldiers, collarless shirts and bare-knuckle boxing – but would it have the same impact?  

There’s no affection, and perhaps not much hope: its pessimistic tone seems to be quite an off-brand message for post-1989 Germany, which wants to acknowledge its past critically, while also looking to its future as a state at the heart of Europe. And actually, while we get a lot of medieval and twentieth-century history, the video’s tour through the past seems to stop in the late 1980s, before the fall of the Berlin Wall and Reunification of East and West Germany. Instead, we jump into the future, where the space-suited band takes Germania into the unknown, traveling in that coffin-shaped glass box. 

There’s an echo of the video for Sonne, where Snow White is trapped in a glass coffin. In fact, a piano version of Sonne plays over the end credits of Deutschland. This is a useful link for understanding something of what Rammstein is doing here. In Sonne, where the band’s characters free themselves of Snow White (naturally, they’ve been her sex-slaves), only to realise that they have made a mistake and long for her return, the overwhelming feeling of Deutschland seems to be that when it comes to Germania (or Germany): you can’t love her, and you can’t live without her. 

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SAMAEL - In The Deep (Official Lyric Video) | Napalm Records - YouTube

Swiss black metal pioneers SAMAEL are back and will re-release their legendary albums Lux Mundi and Solar Soul on 19th of April.

SAMAEL awakened on the 14th of July 1988 when brothers Xytraguptor and Vorphalack loaded their musical gear into an atomic bunker. Almost 20 years after that day the band experienced a rebirth with the release of Solar Soul (2007). The album, co-produced by longtime producer Waldemar Sorychta and mixed by Stefan Glaumann (Rammstein, Within Temptation...) is now fully remastered and will be released with the addition of 9 bonus tracks (2 remixes, 6 instrumental songs, 1x live track).

After resurrecting black metal in the early '90's with their debut album Worship Him, introducing symphonic metal in 1994 with Ceremony of Opposites and pioneering industrial metal with Passage in 1996 ; SAMAEL released Lvx Mvndi in 2011, a record that built a bridge over the 20+ years of the band's history by melting all sides and personalities of the band into a masterpiece. Now the album has been remixed from stems, remastered and will be released with the addition of 7 bonus tracks.

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Arch Enemy has announced that they’ll release an album of cover versions early next year.

It’ll be titled Covered In Blood and is a compilation of all the covers the band has recorded throughout their career. It's set to arrive on January 18 via Century Media, and while a full tracklist will be revealed in due course, the final cover art can be seen below.

In addition, Arch Enemy will launch a limited edition 7-inch vinyl single of their Will To Power track Reason To Believe on December 7. It’ll be backed by their version of the Tears For Fears song Shout.

The single will be available on black vinyl (300 copies), white vinyl (200 copies), clear vinyl (100 copies - available at CMDistro EU), silver vinyl (200 copies - available at Nuclear Blast) and red vinyl (200 copies - available at EMP). 

All are now available to pre-order, while both tracks will also be released on digital platforms.

Arch Enemy's Michael Amott says: "Reason To Believe is a song that was born out of reminiscing about my own youth and also the stories from our fans around the world. This one’s for you. Always keep on fighting, my friends!" 

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Arch Enemy has announced that they’ll release an album of cover versions early next year.

It’ll be titled Covered In Blood and is a compilation of all the covers the band has recorded throughout their career. It's set to arrive on January 18 via Century Media, and while a full tracklist will be revealed in due course, the final cover art can be seen below.

In addition, Arch Enemy will launch a limited edition 7-inch vinyl single of their Will To Power track Reason To Believe on December 7. It’ll be backed by their version of the Tears For Fears song Shout.

The single will be available on black vinyl (300 copies), white vinyl (200 copies), clear vinyl (100 copies - available at CMDistro EU), silver vinyl (200 copies - available at Nuclear Blast) and red vinyl (200 copies - available at EMP). 

All are now available to pre-order, while both tracks will also be released on digital platforms.

Arch Enemy's Michael Amott says: "Reason To Believe is a song that was born out of reminiscing about my own youth and also the stories from our fans around the world. This one’s for you. Always keep on fighting, my friends!" 

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